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  1. Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has confirmed that he will shake Jose Mourinho's hand when the Blues face Manchester United in the FA Cup final at Wembley this afternoon. The two managers have endured a tense relationship during their time in opposing dugouts in the Premier League. However, Conte said on Friday: "Tomorrow I will shake his hand and both of us will think of the game. "It is not important what happened [previously]. There is a normal relationship between me and him." Conte also bemoaned the fact that he could win the cup and yet be sacked in the aftermath. "Usually, when you have a lot of positive situations, it's more simple," he said. "When you have a negative situation, then you must be prepared to work very hard, to work to improve every aspect. I think in this season, I did this together with my staff. "There are other people to judge your work, to judge the season, I don't think I'd be the right person to say: 'OK, if we win I plan this situation', or 'if we don't win, I plan another situation'. "I'm not interested in this. I'm interested in winning the final. This is the most important thing for me, for my players. "It's right to separate the two things because, otherwise, if you don't win it means you didn't work very well. "Sometimes you can win but the club decides to sack you anyway because they have a reason to do this." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  2. Manchester United have announced that Jose Mourinho's assistant manager Rui Faria will leave Old Trafford at the end of the season. Faria, who has worked alongside Mourinho for 17 years, is expected to pursue an opportunity as a manager in his own right. Mourinho said: “Seventeen years… in Leiria, Porto, London, Milan, Madrid, London again and Manchester. Training, playing, travelling, studying, laughing and also a few tears of happiness. Seventeen years and the kid is now a man. The intelligent student is now a football expert, ready for a successful career as a manager. “I will miss my friend and that is the hardest thing for me but his happiness is more important and I respect his decision, especially because I know we will always be together. Be happy, brother!” In a statement on the United website, Faria said: “After a lot of consideration and with a very heavy heart I have decided the time is right to move on. I have had 17 years of incredible and unforgettable experiences. However, I have felt for some time I would like to spend much more quality time with my family before pursuing any new challenge in my professional life. “My heartfelt thanks go to José Mourinho for the belief he had in me all those years ago when it all was just a student dream. I would like to thank him for the opportunity and confidence, for the knowledge and experience, but most importantly for his friendship.” Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  3. Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has hit out at his fringe players following their 1-0 defeat at Brighton on Friday night. The Portuguese made six changes for the match, giving the likes of Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Marcos Rojo and Matteo Darmian game time as the Seagulls triumphed at the Amex Stadium. Although the Red Devils boss did not point the finger a specific individuals, he was quick to criticise the fringe squad members who were given a runout against the Seagulls. "It was not good enough," he told Sky Sports News. "The players that replaced others did not perform at a good level and when individuals do that it is difficult for the team to play well. Maybe now you will not ask me why A, B and C do not play so much. "I knew what was going to happen and I told them, but that is what we got. "The attitude from the first minute and especially in the first half, they had more appetite. I did not succeed in persuading my players that getting four more points is important. it is for me, but perhaps not for them. "I wouldn't say disappointed. I know them. I thought that the possibility to start the game and give reason would give them something. "You have the answer now when you ask 'why always [Romelu] Lukaku?'. We are probably not as good as people think we are individually." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  4. Zlatan Ibrahimovic has revealed that he is missing Manchester United and his former manager Jose Mourinho. In a video posted on United's official Twitter page, the striker addressed his old club as they met for their end of season awards on Tuesday. United agreed to the mutual termination of Ibrahimovic's contract in March, ahead of the 36-year-old signing for MLS side LA Galaxy. In a personal message to the United squad, the Swede said: "I see you are doing well. You made it to the [FA Cup] final, which I like a lot even if I am not there. "Here, everything is okay. I enjoy the sun every day. "I want to say to all the fans: 'I miss you, I miss playing at Old Trafford and seeing all the red shirts'. I have great memories from there. "I want to thank everybody for the push, adrenaline and energy you gave me. I want to thank my team-mates also because you have been fantastic and you made it easy for me. "Coach, I miss you also. You know what you need to do to win. There is no secret behind that." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  5. Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has paid tribute to departing Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and hopes that he can lock horns with the Frenchman again in the dugout. Wenger's final trip to Old Trafford as Gunners boss started with a "classy" welcome from Sir Alex Ferguson, who presented his old sparring partner with a silver vase ahead of kickoff. "I hope that I play against (Wenger) again, I hope that can happen," Mourinho told Sky Sports after the 2-1 win for the Red Devils. "If not in the Premier League, who knows, we still have a big match waiting for us." Wenger added: "They're not always as you'd imagine, but it shows as well that life goes always on. Sometimes it gets better. "It was just another game for me but I'm very grateful for the gesture from Manchester United." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  6. Jose Mourinho has confirmed that an agreement is "almost" in place for Marouane Fellaini to extend his contract at Manchester United. Fellaini was signed by former United boss David Moyes from Everton in September 2013, and has gone on to score 19 goals in 154 appearances for the club. The 30-year-old's deal expires at the end of the season, meaning he is able to negotiate a free transfer away from Old Trafford. Fellaini's stoppage-time header gave United all three points against Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday, and Mourinho is keen to keep the Belgium international at the club. Following the victory - which guaranteed United a top-four finish - Mourinho was asked by Sky Sports about Fellaini's future, and said: "The position is that we are almost there. "But in football, the almost is not enough. I think we are almost there, but I can't celebrate because almost is not enough. "I want to see the white paper with the United crest, Ed Woodward's signature and Marouane's signature." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  7. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he wants the final month of his 22-year tenure to "go peacefully". The 68-year-old Frenchman announced last week that he will leave the Gunners in the summer. Arsenal face long-time rivals Manchester United in the Premier League at Old Trafford on Sunday, with Wenger boasting a notorious rivalry with Red Devils counterpart Jose Mourinho over the years. Wenger looked bemused when asked yesterday if he could be friends with Mourinho, eventually saying "it depends", but was also far more willing than usual to praise his rival's achievements. "I respect him a lot," said Wenger. "You should give me a little bit of peace for my final weeks, don't push me into a final confrontation. I want to go peacefully. Mourinho is a great manager." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  8. Jose Mourinho has admitted to being regretful of some of the bust-ups he has had with Arsene Wenger over the years. The Gunners boss is stepping down from the role after almost 22 years, with Mourinho having previously expressed his respect for the Frenchman. There has, however, been bad blood between the two managers over the years that has strained their relationship and often resulted in insults being exchanged. The Portuguese coach has previously referred to Wenger as a "voyeur" and that he "likes to watch other people", as well as being a "specialist in failure". Wenger’s responses have included describing Mourinho as “stupid” and “disconnected with reality”. "There were little things it would obviously be better without - some gestures, some words," Mourinho told reporters ahead of United's home meeting with Arsenal on Sunday. "It's obviously better without. I feel better now without [insults]. When I arrived in England in 2004, they were champions, and famous champions - the 'Invincibles'. Then I arrive [at Chelsea], the next few years it was with them [battles for the title]. "It was an amazing team. So thank you very much for that. They pushed us to the limits. The two matches we played at Highbury, that amazing old stadium, were unforgettable. So thank you, thank you so much for that.Do I regret the little negative episodes? Yes, and I'm sure he does too." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  9. Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has stressed that he has "no problem" with manager Jose Mourinho and that "transfers" are not on his mind. Over the last few months, multiple media reports have suggested that the relationship between the two is somewhat strained, leading to rumours of an exit from Old Trafford. Asked about the rumours linking him with a summer move, Pogba told Canal Football Club: "Right now, I am at Manchester United and I am honestly only thinking about the present. "Transfers are not in my head. We are in the [FA] Cup final and the World Cup is around the corner." On the links to a possible summer move to French champions Paris Saint-Germain, he added: "You know, if I listened to everyone, I would be everywhere." Questions have also been raised about his relationship with Mourinho, to which he replied: "I don't have a problem with him, and I don't think he has a problem with me. "He's the coach and he has to make choices. I am a player and I accept them. I have to answer on the pitch." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  10. Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino has claimed that Jose Mourinho is doing a "fantastic job" at Manchester United and "does not need to show anyone that he is one of the best". Spurs face United in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley on Saturday, both sides seeking to get their hands on the trophy as it represents their last chance of silverware this season. Mourinho's side moved six points ahead of Spurs in the Premier League table on Wednesday with a 2-0 win at Bournemouth, but the United boss has come under criticism after conceding the title to rivals Manchester City. "For me, Jose Mourinho is one of the best managers in the world," Pochettino told reporters. "He does not need to show anyone that he is one of the best. "Manchester United are having a fantastic season. Like us, they are disappointed to be out of the Champions League because it is massive for them and for us. "We are similar. They are better than us because they have more points in the Premier League. He is doing a fantastic job in his second season in Manchester." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  11. Jose Mourinho has revealed that he will drop players from the team that played against West Bromwich Albion for their FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham Hotspur. The Red Devils were beaten 1-0 by the Premier League's bottom side at Old Trafford on Sunday, ensuring that bitter rivals Manchester City won the title. United play Bournemouth in the league on Wednesday before facing Spurs. "If I play someone against Bournemouth and he is phenomenal, he plays the semi-final," Mourinho told reporters. "The word is not rotation. This is an opportunity for some people to play and to try to get a place in the team. Some of the guys who played [against West Brom], they don't have a place in that team. "I only know one criteria [for choosing the team]. It is the way you play. This is the only way I can select players. "Do you want me to go for the price they cost? Or their salary? Or their beautiful face? The only way is to go with performance." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  12. Former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal appears to have ended his feud with Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho, but remains critical of executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward. The Dutchman spent two seasons at Old Trafford but was sacked just days after winning the FA Cup in 2016, something which has irked the veteran coach. Van Gaal accused Mourinho's team of playing "boring football" following their 2-1 defeat to Manchester City in December and also criticised the Portuguese for his treatment of Bastian Schweinsteiger. However, the 66-year-old seems to have done a U-turn on Mourinho, and reserved his ire for the club's board instead. "I am not disappointed with Jose Mourinho," he told Bild. "Every coach wants to train Manchester United, it's one of the biggest clubs in the world. "I think Jose wanted that, too, and although he was able to do so in 13th place, he had a chance on a fantastic team like Chelsea. I was in fourth place! I still do not blame him. "What I find wrong is when a CEO says we're totally happy with you, do not believe the press. Then you win the FA Cup and still be fired." Van Gaal went on to describe Pep Guardiola as England’s most accomplished manager after turning Manchester City into a ‘machine’ this season. "Pep Guardiola is for me currently the best coach of the Premier League," he said. "Pep made City a machine. He shows a football that I would have liked to play at Manchester United. "But he has better players for it. For me, the process would have taken longer. Unfortunately, I did not get the time." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  13. Jose Mourinho has stressed that Manchester United are a club in transition and that it should be obvious for "people with a brain". The Portuguese manager has come in for renewed criticism following his side’s Champions League exit to Sevilla following a dour performance in their 2-1 second-leg defeat at Old Trafford. United are in the semi-finals of the FA Cup and also sit second in the Premier League, but critics say Mourinho's £300m outlay on players has not been justified by how the team has done this term. "I understand the frustration, I understand the sadness of being knocked out in the Champions League, but I don't understand anything more than that," Mourinho told CNN. "In the history of football all around the world, not just in England, you had the biggest clubs with the moments of transition, you have the biggest clubs with moments of continuous and permanent victories and these are phases in the club. "And I think really at this moment in the Premier League we have one team, one club clearly better prepared than us in the past few years to be first and we have 18 clubs behind us. One in front of us, 18 behind us. "Of course in the future we want to have 19 clubs behind us but this is the reality. And the reality is for people with a brain, with sense, with common sense, with knowledge of what sport is, we are in a moment of transition. "Being in a moment of transition and still manage to do what he did last season and win trophies and to do what we are trying to do this season, which is still trying to win a trophy, and try to be second. Because, in this moment, it's the only top position that is possible for us to get. I think we are in a good position." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  14. Jose Mourinho has claimed that his players must "learn to survive" with the expectation that comes with playing for Manchester United. The Red Devils boss gave a 12-minute monologue at his Friday news conference, asking supporters for patience as he attempts to rebuild the club's "football heritage". The speech came following Tuesday's Champions League exit at the hands of Sevilla, which was met by scorn by fans and pundits alike. Mourinho continued to stress that the club is in a restructuring process, explaining that defeats such as that to the La Liga side will teach the squad how to deal with the burden of being a United player. "They have to learn how to cope with that level of expectation and that level of pressure and they have to survive and when they survive they become stronger," Mourinho said. "You know, easy life, and the fans not upset and no critics, that's not good.That's not good, because if you want to make a real top team with top mentality they need to grow up. "They need to grow up and the best way to grow up is to have this kind of feeling. So, I don't want the fans to have lower expectations, I want the fans to have high expectations because I want the players to have high expectations too." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  15. Manchester United have announced that defender Marcos Rojo has signed a new contract which will keep him at the club until June 2021, with the option to extend for a further year. The 27-year-old joined the Red Devils in August 2014 and, during his time at the club, he has won an FA Cup, a League Cup, a Europa League title and a Community Shield. "Since I joined Manchester United, it has been everything I thought it would be and more," Rojo told the official club site. "I am extremely happy to extend my stay at this great club. "When I joined, my aim was to help the team win trophies and we have done that over the past couple of seasons. I "I am working hard to get back on the pitch. I would like to thank the fans for their support and the manager for the confidence and help he has given me both on and off the pitch." Jose Mourinho added: "Marcos has gone from strength to strength over the past couple of seasons, and has always shown great professionalism. "Although his injury has kept him sidelined over these past few weeks, Marcos is working hard to return to full fitness. "He is always ready to put his body on the line for this club and I am delighted he has signed a new contract." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  16. Jose Mourinho has defended the tactics used by Manchester United in their Champions League last-16 first-leg goalless draw at Sevilla. The Red Devils' performance was widely derided by fans and pundits despite yielding a positive result at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on Wednesday night. Sevilla registered 25 shots in total, while United had just six, although David de Gea was relatively untroubled save for two superb saves made from Steven N'Zonzi and Luis Muriel. When asked if Alexis Sanchez is the kind of player who appreciates detailed tactical instruction rather than being given a free role, Mourinho did not appear impressed. "I think you are all, or many of you, are in a new sport! In England, some guys say the wingers shouldn't defend," he told reporters after the game. "The next time I see David Beckham I'm going to ask him: 'David, when you were playing right wing at Manchester United, when the opposition left-back attacked, do you stay looking at the stands? Or do you come back with the guy?' I'm going to ask David that. "And everybody knows that I'm not big friends with Roy Keane or Paul Scholes, but I will ask them: 'When your team lost the ball, did you drop back? Or did you stay walking on the pitch?' "Because now it looks like all the good players have to play free, and when the team has the ball, which I think is such a stupid thing to say. When a team has the ball, you attack. When the team does not have the ball, you defend. "It's as simple as that, but it looks like now some guys are creating a new sport. But I still don't see it, because the winning teams, the top teams in the world now, not 10 years ago or 20 or 30, the top teams now, everybody works. Everybody has tactical discipline." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  17. Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has hit out at speculation suggesting that the relationship between him and Paul Pogba has broken down, describing the reports as "lies". Several media reports suggested that the one-time world record signing is unhappy with the position he is being asked to play in by his manager. However, when asked about this speculation, Mourinho replied: "I think you are nice with your words because when you say a lot of speculation, you should say a lot of lies. "I can speak on Paul's behalf without any kind of problem. He accepts he's not been playing well in the last few matches, but that's all. "It's a big lie that our relationship is not good. It's a big lie that we don't communicate. It's a big lie that we don't agree with his position and his dynamic within the team. "The team needs him at a good level and when he isn't the team is not as good. So be objective and say what we all know - in the last couple of matches he didn't play well. Period. "The majority of the things you can read and listen to - don't be nice, be objective and say lies. "It's quite ridiculous to speak about his position. I would like somebody to tell me in which position they think Pogba played against Newcastle. "We played with Matic, Lingard on the right side of Matic and Pogba on the left side of Matic. "You know which is Pogba's preferred formation? 4-3-3. You know which is Pogba's favourite position in a 4-3-3? On the left. "Some of the pundits are paid millions - don't say bulls**t." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  18. The Manchester United Supporters' Trust (MUST) has sent an open letter to the club over Jose Mourinho's issue with the Old Trafford atmosphere. Mourinho labelled the stadium "quiet" after United's 2-0 win over Huddersfield Town earlier this month, prompting MUST to defend the club's supporters, insisting it was "an issue affecting clubs throughout the country". The letter, addressed to group managing director Richard Arnold, says "expansion [of Old Trafford] is essential to fully address the key issues" but also outlines "interim measures" that can be put in place more quickly. They include removing executive seats in the Stretford End, relocating the Family Stand, allowing groups of supporters to sit together, reducing ticket prices for younger fans and pushing ahead with safe standing. MUST wrote: "As you know the atmosphere in the stadium is a key issue for supporters and also for the manager and the team. "While we understand that the issue of stadium expansion at Old Trafford remains under active consideration, and that a firm decision has not yet been made on whether the investment will be made into a significant capacity increase, we recognise the major financial, technological and logistical challenges this presents. "We acknowledge the positivity of our initial discussions with you and ask that the club continues to work in partnership with supporters in developing plans to the mutual benefit of the club and supporters. "We are keen to push ahead as quickly as possible on discussion of interim measures which will produce progress while we await the major stadium development that is so badly needed." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  19. Newcastle United have recorded a shock 1-0 win over Manchester United at St James' Park on Sunday to give their Premier League survival hopes a huge boost. Matt Ritchie grabbed his first league goal of the season on 65 minutes, slotting past David de Gea following Dwight Gayle's clever lay-off, to give the Magpies victory. Debutant goalkeeper Martin Dubravka was in inspired form, pulling off great saves from Anthony Martial and Alexis Sanchez to keep a clean sheet. The win is Newcastle's first at home since October 21 and moves them out of the relegation zone into 13th place, while Man Utd stay 16 points behind leaders Manchester City. How did the managers react to the result? Here is Football Manics' match reaction. Jose Mourinho "They fought like animals - I hope they take that as a compliment. The gods of football were on their side. It wasn't going to happen for us today. Newcastle gave what they have and what they don't have, that's a beautiful thing in football. "They fought for their point, a point is what they had in mind. We made a defensive mistake and when they are in front they had only one thing in mind and gave their lives to keep a clean sheet." Phil Jones "We didn't show up today, we started slow. They pressed us, the crowd were on their feet. "We got control midway through the first half and should have scored but we weren't at the races, we weren't good enough, simple as. "For whatever reason we weren't good enough. Ultimately we have conceded a sloppy goal. The lads are devastated in the dressing room." Rafael Benitez On the victory: "We worked as hard as other games, but against a team like Manchester United every ball is important, they can punish you, so you work like them. Amazing effort. "They are dangerous, but the teamwork we showed to fight for every ball was amazing. I am pleased for the players and the fans. Because we won here at home. "We had games in past when conceded late. We got lucky with some shots, but we showed the character, the commitment and the desire today." On Martin Dubravka's debut: "He can buy the lottery and win today. He was composed and that gave confidence to the team. All the players worked hard, so it is not fair to say just the goalkeeper played well." On Jonjo Shelvey's performance: "Jonjo showed quality on the ball. He is learning, and if he can make the right decisions he will be a very good player." Quotes from BBC Sport and Sky Sports. Share your thoughts about this reaction feature article on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  20. Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has stated that goalkeeper David de Gea will not be leaving the club. The 27-year-old signed a new contract at Old Trafford in 2015, just days after a proposed move to Real Madrid fell through. De Gea current deal runs out at the end of next season, although United hold an option to extend that by a further 12 months with Mourinho having stated earlier this year he is confident the Spaniard will activate that clause. Speaking ahead of Sunday's game against Newcastle, the Portuguese said: "Do you think a club that is trying to attract the best players is the club that is open to sell the best players? It makes no sense. "If you want to go to that level, we have to attract the best players like we did with Alexis [Sanchez], [Nemanja] Matic, [Paul] Pogba and so on, and don't let our best players go." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  21. Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has effectively conceded the Premier League title to Manchester City but remains eager to finish ahead of the chasing pack. The Red Devils fell to a 2-0 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday which left them 15 points behind their fierce rivals with only 13 games left. "It's important for us because we need points to be the first of the last," Mourinho said ahead of Saturday's game with Huddersfield. "We need to try to finish second - we have been in this position all season. First for a few weeks, but we have been second for the rest. "It has been better than last season in every aspect - points, position, number of goals, goals conceded - everything. "We have to try to stay there and it is not easy because there are some very good teams. Chelsea are the champions, Arsenal did well in the market, Liverpool are a great team and Tottenham are fantastic. "We are doing well with some negative moments. it's very important for us to do better than last season and win something and try to be stronger for next season." City boss Pep Guardiola thought otherwise, telling his press conference ahead of the Burnley game: "There are 13 games, 39 points to play for, we are 15 ahead. It's not over. "We have amazingly tough games left to play. For example, tomorrow. We cannot deny and everyone knows here in England how complicated it is playing at Burnley. "We have to go to Stoke City, Goodison Park. We have Arsenal, Manchester United, Tottenham and Chelsea to play. Definitely it is not over." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  22. Jose Mourinho has claimed that Alexis Sanchez's arrival at Manchester United will inspire Marcus Rashford. Rashford has competed with Anthony Martial for a starting position on the left-wing this term, and the signing of Sanchez has brought into question whether or not the Englishman will get enough first-team opportunities at Old Trafford. The academy graduate has been involved in every United game this season and Mourinho refutes claims he is not featuring enough under him, saying the 20-year-old was handed his debut by Louis Van Gaal because the club was struggling. "Marcus' story is quite interesting because he started playing with Mr Van Gaal when the team was really in trouble to have options," he said at his pre-match press conference ahead of Wednesday's game against Spurs. "Then the monster [himself] that kills the little kids arrived, but he plays every game since then. He plays every game. Starting or coming from the bench, as a striker, as a left winger, as a right winger, then he goes to the national team. "The kid is having a hell of an experience at every level so an amazing future waits for him and being surrounded by these players [Sanchez] can only help him. But the whole story of Marcus will not get minutes and matches, that story is really old because he's a very important player for us." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  23. Jose Mourinho has stated that Manchester United will not stand in Zlatan Ibrahimovic's way if he wants to leave the club this month. The Swedish striker has been linked with a move to Major League Soccer side Los Angeles Galaxy. Mourinho told reporters: "He told me nothing about it. The first time I read or heard something about that was from the media. He never mentioned that to me so I don't know. "Zlatan is in the last year of his contract. If that is true and Zlatan wants a future in another club in another country, we are here to help and to create conditions for that to happen, not to make his life difficult." Ibrahimovic, who re-signed for United on a one-year deal in August, returned to action in November after recovering from a serious knee injury. However, the 36-year-old has made only six appearances since, and has not played since the 2-2 Premier League draw against Burnley on 26 December. "The last thing that Zlatan told me was that he wants to recover totally and feel ready to help the team," Mourinho added. "He is working hard to be fit. He is not injured, he is in a moment of trying to feel really ready for the demands of Premier League football." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  24. Manchester United have confirmed that Jose Mourinho has signed a new contract to keep him at the club until 2020 with the option of a further year. The 54-year-old's previous deal at Old Trafford was due to expire in 2019. Mourinho won the EFL Cup and Europa League in his first season and, this term, has United second in the Premier League and through to the Champions League last-16, where they will face Sevilla. "I am really honoured and proud to be Manchester United manager. I would like to say a big thank you to the owners and to Mr Woodward for the recognition of my hard work and dedication," Mourinho told the official site. "I am delighted they feel and trust that I am the right manager for this great club for the foreseeable future. We have set very high standards - winning three trophies in one season - but those are the standards I expect my teams to aim for. "We are creating the conditions for a brilliant and successful future for Manchester United." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  25. Finally we have the confirmation - Alexis Sanchez is now a Manchester United player and Henrikh Mkhitaryan is an Arsenal player. Twitter absolutely blew up as soon as the deal announced as both sets of fans shared their joy and few even expressed their disappointment. Negotiations took weeks and fans were eagerly waiting for the announcement but it is understandable that a direct exchange of players is a tough deal to complete considering the various negotiations involved with both players and their agents and so on. It was very much a certainty than the Chilean's time at North London was coming to an end as he was on his last 6 months of contract. Manchester City came very close to signing the player on summer transfer window's Deadline Day but Arsene Wenger made it clear that the Arsenal forward would not have been allowed to leave the Emirates if a suitable replacement was not brought in. Pep Guardiola was still the favorite to get the deal done in January but Arsenal deemed their offer of £20m way too low for a player like Alexis even though he only had 6 months remaining on his contract. Mkhitaryan, meanwhile, is a player who is very much admired by Wenger and Manchester United were ready to send the Armenian the other way in exchange for the Chilean and this is where both parties came in agreement. Sanchez has been a terrific player for Arsenal who has scored 60 goals and delivered 25 assists in 122 Premier League appearances for the club. The El Nino Maravilla has also won FA Cup twice in 2015 and 2017. It would be fair to say that he wanted more and Arsenal failing to qualify for Champions League has been a major factor in his decision of wanting out of the club. As a big fan of Arsenal and Alexis I can't help but feel sad that he has chosen to join Manchester United but I don't think anyone can deny a player of his ability should regularly be in the Champions League. Jose Mourinho and United wanted a significant win over Manchester City of any sort and winning this player battle will be a huge lift for the club. The Portuguese manager is very good when it comes to convincing players and promises of regular starting spots and huge investment in the next summer must have been a major factor in Sanchez's decision. Mkhitaryan started the season very well but could not maintain his form and was overlooked by Mourinho for most part of the season thereafter. The Armenian has scored 5 goals and provided 6 assists in 39 appearances in Premier League for the Red Devils. He still has unfinished business in England and I am pretty sure he will be eager to show his worth with quality performances at Arsenal. His style of play is likely to suit Arsenal more than United whereas Sanchez is a kind of player who can score lots of goals and give 100% to any club. I think both players will achieve success with their new clubs. At the end of the day Arsenal have lost a world class player but have gained a very good player. It was very much a given that they are going to lose Alexis for free and yet they have managed to gain something very good out of a nothing situation. Share your thoughts about this opinion feature article on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.

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